Breville is one of the best known brands in the centrifugal juicer market. When I purchased my first juicer, I was immediately drawn to the Breville range because of their reputation for being sturdy, efficient and easy to use.
This is definitely true of the Breville BJE200XL Compact Juice Fountain, which was designed for convenience. If you’re looking for a compact but powerful juicer, the BJE200XL might be the ideal choice. I’m writing this review to show you what it’s like to use one, as well as giving you a summary of its pros and cons.
The Breville BJE200XL is a neatly sized juicer that takes up very little counter space. However, thanks to a 700-watt motor, it’s still fast and powerful. It operates at 14,000 RPM, which means it can extract a glass of juice in five seconds. It’s also relatively affordable, so if you’re looking for convenience and quality on a budget, the BJE200XL might have the right combination of factors for you. It’s also easy to set up and clean, so I think it’s a great juicer for people who are new to juicing.
It’s important to note that the BJE200XL is not a masticating juicer. It’s a powerful centrifugal juicer, and its rapidly spinning blades can sometimes produce pulp that’s quite wet. If the maximum yield is more important to you than speed and convenience, you might be better off choosing a masticating juicer.
The Omega j8006 is my personal favourite for getting great yield from all fruits and vegetables. Masticating juicers are also much better at extracting juice from leafy greens, such as spinach, kale and romaine. But if efficiency and ease are your priorities, then the BJE200XL could be a perfect fit for you. We’ll be discussing the differences between centrifugal and masticating juicers in greater detail later in the review.
The powerful BJE200XL chews through firm fruits and vegetables very quickly. If you need some inspiration, there are hundreds of juice recipes that you can use with your Breville. Because it’s so powerful, it’s most effective at juicing hard produce, such as carrots, apples, beets, ginger, pears, and broccoli.
Peeled citrus fruits, such as grapefruit, lemons, and limes also work well with the BJE200XL. The Breville BJE 200XL has an extra wide chute, which minimises the prep you’ll have to do. You can feed through whole apples, oranges, and beets without cutting them up.
As the BJE 200XL is a powerful centrifugal juicer, it’s not great at juicing softer fruits and leafy greens. If you do want to use ingredients like spinach and kale, it’s best to combine them with harder ingredients like pieces of apple or carrots. Start with softer produce and the alternate that with firmer ingredients.
Yes, the BJE 200XL can make lots of fresh, tasty orange juice. Oranges are great for making juice because they have a high water content. Just peel the oranges first, as the skin tastes bitter when juiced. Add some carrot, apple or ginger to your oranges for a tasty combination of flavors.
Generally, centrifugal juices are not as efficient at juicing leafy greens as masticating juicers. If you plan to regularly juice produce such as romaine lettuce, kale or spinach, you might be better off with a masticating juicer. However, if you want to stick with a centrifugal machine, then there a couple of tricks you can try. Before feeding leafy greens down the chute, roll them up into a ball. Alternatively, you can wrap kale leaves around apples or beets before juicing. By doing this, you should get a higher yield from your greens and produce less waste.
The pulp produced from juicing fruits and vegetables is mostly fibre and cellulose. If you want to use it, try to do so on the same day to avoid nutrient loss. But it can also be frozen in a resealable bag and used at a later date. Here are some ideas for using your pulp:
Yes, the BJE200XL is great at juicing ginger. A thumb-sized piece is usually a good amount, as ginger has a very strong flavour. Just remember to peel the tough outer skin before juicing, to ensure a smooth and delicious drink.
The Breville BJE200XL is a centrifugal juicer. These juicers extract juice through a rapid spinning motion. The fast-spinning blades shred fruits and vegetables to a pulp and separate that from the juice, leaving it smooth and pulp-free.
The pulp produced by the BJE200XL is relatively dry for a centrifugal juicer, although it’s not on a par with masticating juicers. If you’re more concerned with getting maximum yield from your produce, you might be better off with a masticating juicer.
Masticating or “slow” juicers work by chewing ingredients into a pulp. This chewing mechanism occurs at a very low speed and there are no spinning blades. These machines, such as the Green Star GS-3000, pull juice from fruit and vegetables just fine, but there is often some pulp left behind. They are much better at extracting from leafy greens than centrifugal juicers, however, you need to allow more time for the juicing process.
|Weight||Approx 7.9 pounds|
|Size||10” (D) x 16” (H) x 10.5” (W)|
|Feeder Chute||3” wide|
|Nutri Disc||Stainless steel|
|Juice Jug||25fl oz (.74 litre)|
|Warranty||1 year limited|
The Breville BJE200XL comes with an extra wide feed chute. The three-inch wide chute is big enough to fit whole apples, tomatoes, and peeled oranges. It also comes with a cutting knife to center ingredients. The wide chute makes juicing quick and easy.
You’ll also find the Breville BJE200XL food pusher in the box. You can use the food pusher to push fruit and vegetables down the feed chute. It also stops ingredients from spewing out of the top of the chute.
There’s also a plastic juicer cover in the box. The juice cover clips into place on top of the motor unit and can also go into the dishwasher.
The Breville BJE200XL comes with a stainless steel cutting disc, which is surrounded by a micro mesh filter basket. The stainless steel filter basket is dishwasher safe, but if you don’t want to risk damaging it, it’s best to soak it in warm, soapy water. You can then brush it gently to make sure it doesn’t get clogged.
You’ll also find a safety locking arm attached to the Breville BJE200XL. The juicer will not operate until you lock this into place in the vertical operating position.
The juice jug that comes with the Breville BJE200CL has an 800ml capacity. Don’t forget to put the juice jug lid on to prevent spatter when you’re juicing. The jug also comes with a built-in froth separator, which separates the froth when the juice is poured into a glass.
Other accessories include the nylon bristle brush. You can use the brush to clean the filter basket to make sure it doesn’t become clogged. You’ll also find a spatula on the end of the brush. This is designed to help with the removal of pulp from the pulp container.
The Breville BJE200XL instruction manual also comes in the box. You can download a PDF version of it from here.
Even though I’m giving you lots of information about the BJE200XL, I’m sure you’ll wonder whether it’s the right juicer for you. If you want to buy a new juicer and aren’t sure which one to choose, here are a few other Breville models to consider. You can find more reviews on bestjuicer.net.
The popular Breville JE98XL was featured in the documentary Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead. It was also my first juicer and one that I’ve been using for three years. The JE98XL is a no-nonsense juicer — it’s simple to use and works quickly and efficiently. The dual-speed motor means that you can juice firmer produce, like apples, at 12,000 RPM.
The lower speed of 6,500 RPM is better for softer vegetables and fruits. The JE98XL also comes with a large pulp container. If you’re planning to juice in large quantities, this might be a better choice for you than the BJE200XL, as you won’t have to stop and empty it as frequently. But if affordability and a compact size are more important to you, then the BJE200XL might be more suitable.
The BJE200XL has five-speed settings, which run from 6,500 RPM to 12,000 RPM. This helps to achieve maximum yield with minimum waste and it’s particularly useful if you use many combinations of ingredients. It also comes with an extra wide feed chute and a powerful 900-watt motor.
However, as it’s a centrifugal juicer, it’s still not very efficient at juicing leafy greens. If you like to make large quantities of juice from lots of ingredients, then this might a good juicer to consider. But if you’re just starting out, the BJE200XL has all of the features that you probably need.
The BJS600XL Fountain Crush is the only masticating or “slow” juicer in the Breville range. If you’re planning to juice lots of leafy greens and wheatgrass, then this might be a better option for you than a centrifugal juicer. It’s also very quiet, as it’s equipped with a 240-watt motor. However, the juicing process and the clean up takes longer than the BJE200XL.
A very affordable juicer, the Hamilton Beach 67650 is a popular model. It extracts juice quickly and it’s easy to use and clean, so it’s good for beginners. I’ve found that the pulp is quite dry, which is great for a centrifugal juicer at this price.
You’ve probably heard of the Nutribullet — a single-serve blender that has received a lot of attention. I use my Nutribullet for making my morning smoothies. It’s easy to use and it can blend all kinds of produce, including soft fruits, nuts and leafy greens. But the Nutribullet is not a juicer. It grinds ingredients, instead of separating the pulp and extracting the juice.
Juicing and blending both have their place in a healthy diet. Smoothies contain fibre, which is great if you’re looking for a more satisfying drink. On the other hand, the body can absorb the nutrients in juices quickly and easily. You might want to give both a try, but if you just want to get into juicing, I’d recommend the Breville BJE200XL.
The Jack Lalanne Power Juicer is also a centrifugal juicer. However, I’ve found that it’s not as easy to use as the Breville BJE200XL. Taking this juicer apart is a little difficult and it’s good to keep the manual on hand the first few times you do it.
Cleaning the Jack Lalanne thoroughly after each use is important, as it tends to overflow when it’s not cleaned or during long juicing sessions. It’s also best to cut up fruit and veggies as the blades cope better with smaller pieces. Running at 3,600 RPM, the Jack Lalanne Power juicer does juice quickly, although it lacks the power of the BJE200XL.
The Cuisinart Juice Extractor is a very easy juicer to use. It’s also easy to clean and all of the main components are dishwasher-safe. The large feed chute means that means you won’t have to do much prep, as whole apples, oranges and beets can be pushed through. The Cuisinart has five speed settings, however, I’ve found that it struggles when juicing in large quantities. If you find that the juicer is getting clogged, you might be better off cutting up your produce first.
It’s quick and easy to assemble the Breville BJE200XL. It only took me a few minutes to put this juicer together. Also, the instructions in the accompanying manual are clear.
Cleaning a juicer can be an annoyance for some, particularly if you’re short on time. When I was juicing twice a day, I found that washing up was the most annoying aspect of daily juicing. But an advantage of centrifugal juicers is that they’re generally easy to clean, and this is definitely true of the Breville BJE200XL.
For easy cleaning, switch off and unplug your BJE200XL immediately after use. Then rinse all removable parts under running water to remove pulp and allow them to air dry. Wipe the motor base with a damp cloth. After taking the juicer apart, all parts can be washed in hot, soapy water or in the dishwasher.
The juice fountain cover, integrated pulp container, filter basket, and juice jug are all safe to clean in the dishwasher (top shelf only). However, it’s best to be careful with the filter basket as its relatively delicate. To clean the filter basket carefully, soak it in warm, soapy water for approximately ten minutes. This stops the mesh from becoming clogged. After that, you can brush it clean with light strokes of the nylon brush.
The Breville BJE200XL is surprisingly quiet for a powerful centrifugal juicer. Although it operates at a high speed, I’ve found that there is less rumbling than with other centrifugal juicers. However, it would be impossible for such a powerful motor not to emit some noise.
If you’re concerned about juicing in the mornings and waking your family, then this might be a great juicer for you. You could also try the 240-watt Breville BJS600XL Fountain Crush. The only masticating juicer in the Breville range, it’s much quieter than the Breville BJE200XL.
One issue I have with the BJE200XL is that it often produces wet pulp. This means that you get a lower juice yield and more waste than with some other juicers. If getting maximum yield from your produce is important to you, you might want to consider a centrifugal juicer with variable speed settings. The BJE510XL Juice Fountain Multi-Speed has five speed settings, ranging from 6,500 RPM to 12,000 RPM.
The juicer is designed to extract a good yield from various types of ingredients. Alternatively, if you’re serious about extracting all of the juice from your fruit and veggies, then a masticating juicer might be a better option. The Omega j8006 is very good at extracting all of the nutrients from ingredients, leaving you with very dry pulp.
At such high speeds, oxidation occurs and enzymes and nutrients are destroyed. The Super Angel 5500 is an example of a juicer that gets a great yield and extracts almost all of the nutrients from ingredients. However, it is much more expensive than the BJE200XL. But if the health benefits of juicing are your main concern, then the Super Angel might be worth the splurge.
I’ve also found that the built-in pulp container poses a challenge when I want to juice for two people. It means that mid-way through juicing, I have to stop juicing and take it the machine apart to empty it. This isn’t very convenient when I’m trying to juice quickly.
Some Amazon customers have experienced technical problems with their BJE200XLs, but these are in the minority. Some have found that the red “overheating” light turns on after they’ve only been using the juicer for a short time. Others have found that their BJE200XL has stopped working altogether, while some have had problems getting it to turn on. However, I haven’t experienced any of these issues with my own BJE200XL.
If you need to buy replacement parts for your Breville BJE200XL, such as a replacement blade or a juice jug, you can find these on Amazon.
The Breville BJE200XL is a compact but powerful juicer. It takes up less space on the counter than other juicers, so I think it’s ideal for someone who doesn’t have much space in their kitchen. Despite its smaller size, it’s still a very powerful machine.
With a 700-watt motor, it runs at 14,000 RPM and chews through firm produce with ease. The BJE200XL’s efficiency means that you can try lots of juice combinations easily. Also, the extra wide feed chute means there’s minimal prep time involved. You can feed whole apples, oranges, beets, and tomatoes through the chute. I’ve enjoyed using my Breville BJE200XL regularly since I got it.
For those who want to juice for two or more people, you might be better off purchasing a juicer with an external pulp collector. The Breville JE98XL Juice Fountain Plus is a juicer that’s easy to use and it has two-speed settings of 6,500 RPM and 12,500 RPM. It also comes with a large external pulp container, so you can make plenty of juice in one go.
Serious juicers or those who regularly juice leafy greens might be better off purchasing a masticating juicer, which will give you a better yield from those ingredients. Masticating juicers, such as the Omega J8006, are an excellent option. The slower speed means that you’ll get a much higher yield from leafy greens and it also results in less oxidation. You can store juice from a masticating juicer for up to 72 hours.